Entire issue of newspaper seized for “revealing state secrets”

first_imgNews News LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia September 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Entire issue of newspaper seized for “revealing state secrets” Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation The confiscation of all 15,000 copies of the 8 September issue of the Lithuanian weekly Laisvas Laikrastis (Free Newspaper) on the evening 7 September for “revealing state secrets” was condemned today by Reporters Without Borders as an act of censorship.Agents seized all the copies as they were about to be distributed. They also searched the newspaper’s offices and the home of editor Aurimas Driziu, confiscating computer disks. Drizius was arrested and held overnight, and the newspaper’s website was closed down. The seized material has not been returned, making it hard for the newspaper to continue operating.“This kind of measure, which is unusual in Lithuania, is contrary to the practices of a democratic country and European Union member,” Reporters Without Borders said.The issue was seized because of two articles, one about the alleged involved of Lithuanian politicians in corruption, the other about the alleged role of the Lithuanian security services in the death of a Lithuanian diplomat in Minsk in August. The first article included transcripts of conversations between a casino director and a former prime minister and a former parliamentary speaker, which the security services recorded in 2004.While held, Drizius was ordered to reveal his sources, but he refused. Follow the news on Lithuania to go furthercenter_img News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more